Serving the People
Management of county affairs is vested in a seven-member County Council. Current Council members are Skip Elliott, Chairman, Willie Davis, Chris Murphy, Kenneth Waggoner, Larry Hargett, Richard Rosebrock and Mike Murphree. Each council member is elected for a four-year term. Council appoints the County Administrator, currently Jason Ward. Municipalities Harleyville, Reevesville, Ridgeville, St. George and Summerville, the largest city in Dorchester County, operate under the Mayor and Council form of Government. Visit www.dorchestercounty.net for more information about Dorchester County and how to contact County Officials.
The mission of the Town of Summerville is the establishment of a quality of life that provides a safe, healthy, beautiful and harmonious place to live and work; the development of an environment to support services and attitudes needed to foster this mission in a financially responsible manner; the commitment to achieve this mission; and the wisdom to know when to modify our mission with guidance from God. Adopted by Town Council December 1993.
Summerville is governed by a seven-member elected Town Council, consisting of the Mayor, currently Berlin G. Myers, who is elected at-large for a four-year term; and six Council Members elected from single member districts for four-year terms. Half of the Council is elected every two years. Current Council Members are: Aaron Brown, Ricky Waring, Howard Bridgman, Mike Dawson, Bob Flowers, and Chris Sieber. Council appoints a Town Administrator, currently Dennis Pieper, to supervise the day-to-day operations of the Town.
Departments within the Town of Summerville include Public Works, Public Safety, Administration, Planning and Development, Recreation, and Water/Sewer Service. Through this organization the town provides Police & Fire Protection, 911 Emergency Dispatch, First Responder Service, Garbage, Recyclable and Trash Collection, Street and Drainage Maintenance, Street Lighting, Parks and Playgrounds, Planning, Zoning and Building Inspection, Code Enforcement and various regulatory services to promote the public health, safety and general welfare. The Town Stormwater Utility operates as an enterprise fund separate from the General Fund and Capital Outlay Fund. The Town Council and staff also maintain contacts and liaison with other agencies to assure that Summerville benefits from services and funds available through other governmental agencies and the private sector. www.summerville.sc.us has more information about the Town and how to contact individual Town Council Members and Departments.